Features Region: Southeast

Troy Heflin – Volvo Financial Services

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Embrace change and don’t fear vulnerability. Those words may not fully summarize Troy Heflin’s career in human resources, but they have been at the forefront of his work at Volvo Financial Services over the past eight years. Heflin, the senior vice president of people and culture at VFS, is helping leadership and employees thrive as […]

Cole Carroll – Mansfield Energy

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Mansfield Energy is hardly an invisible company—not with its fleet of trucks hauling diesel, gasoline, and other products to customers throughout the U.S. It’s ranked the 48th largest private company in the U.S. for its volume of business by Forbes magazine, and Cole Carroll is making it her job to ensure people know Mansfield further. […]

Jeffrey Rice – Elm Street Communities

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Patience isn’t just a virtue in Jeffrey Rice’s world. It’s a necessity with big-ticket real estate development in the Washington-Baltimore metropolis. “Yes, you’ve got to have a lot of patience and understand the meaning of ‘no,’” Rice says. “We get told ‘no’ a lot. Solving for ‘no’ and turning it to ‘yes’ is basically what […]

Victoria Kuklina – Pinnacle Home Care

Est. reading time: 3 mins

From a young age—and throughout her career—Victoria Kuklina has focused on growth. She grew as a teenager after moving from Ukraine to Canada. She grew as a consultant following several years as a financial manager. And she continues to grow as the chief financial officer for Pinnacle Home Care. “We’ve done a lot of things […]

Pamela McGee – The Father’s Table

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Pamela McGee was hired to run the human resources department for a company that makes and sells desserts, she knew she’d have to learn about the manufacturing process and about the company culture. Turnover was a big concern, she says, and to get a better understanding of employee morale, she wanted to speak to […]

Elaine Ubakanma – H. J. Russell & Company

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Elaine Ubakanma immigrated from Jamaica to the U.S., she was a little over 16, and her father abandoned her less than three months after she arrived. Years later, in 1989, she got a job with H. J. Russell & Company as a secretary. “I wanted to receive higher education, of course, but the cost […]

Chris Ware – Panola Medical Center

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Everyone at Panola Medical Center wished CEO Quentin Whitwell a safe and speedy recovery when he contracted COVID-19 in September 2021. And, when he returned to work at the Batesville, Mississippi, hospital, they got a big surprise. In the 10 days Whitwell recuperated at home, he decided it was time to reopen Quitman Community Hospital […]

Gary Fleenor – Caris Healthcare

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Death may be the great equalizer but not in how it comes about. “Hospice has roughly a 90 percent Caucasian usage rate,” Gary Fleenor tells Vision in January. “For minority groups, the utilization rate is unfortunate.” Vice president of HR for Caris Healthcare, a hospice operator in five Southeast and Midwestern states, Fleenor is trying […]

Dawn Ponico – Mitchell Martin

Est. reading time: 4 mins

With the global pandemic moving everything from timesheets to happy hours into the digital arena, companies across the nation very suddenly needed information technology staff. Dawn Ponico’s employer—the information technology and healthcare staffing firm Mitchell Martin—helped meet that demand, sourcing over 1800 employees for clients during 2021. It also grew its own staff. As Ponico […]

Lesley Hanak – Savannah College of Art and Design

Est. reading time: 4 mins

If employees are trying, but not hitting the mark, Lesley Hanak knows reprimanding can demoralize them instead of help them. So, she works with the employees and their supervisor to make sure they do well and use that strength to address the issue The chief human resources officer says this success-focused approach sets not only her department, but her employer—SCAD—apart. […]

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